Jean-Luc Arrègle, Head of PhD programme

PhD Program

EMLYON’s Ph.D. in Management Program, which is delivered entirely in English, meets the highest international standards.


If you hold a master or bachelor and show evidence of strong intellectual ability, sincere commitment to and interest in academic work, we'd like to hear from you! Our selection is based on academic records, GMAT and TOEFL scores, academic letters of references, and a research statement. We charge no application fee. Application deadline is April 30 for admission in early September. Admission decisions are sent early to mid-June.

Four good reasons to choose EMLYON's Ph.D.



Choose emlyon business school because the school offers a vibrant and renowned environment. Ranked #20 in Europe by the Financial Times (Dec. 2011), the school prides itself from having the triple accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. In line with these accreditations, the school is committed to provide world-class educational efforts, resources, and a strong involvement in research.



Choose our PhD programme because the structure of the curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure you will be trained as a first-quality scholar. At the end of the four years, you will be an accomplished researcher, one of the best specialists in your area. You will have learned the tricks of writing articles for top-tier journals. In addition, you will have been trained in designing and delivering courses, both at undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. The different courses and seminars are delivered by our recognized faculty. We routinely bring in the best specialists in the world to give seminars and lectures.



Each year we admit only a select few doctoral students so that the programme remains small, intimate and fully-funded which means our candidates have complete access to the resources they need to develop as scholars in a supportive setting. The programme runs for five years. In the first two years, students acquire the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed to become successful researchers through a variety of courses delivered by our research-driven faculty. During this time students are required to conduct an empirical project that forms the basis for a qualifying paper. The final three years are devoted to designing and conducting an ambitious empirical project with the intention of contributing to a theoretical conversation. The programme is entirely delivered in English, and no knowledge of French is required.



The broader ambition of the PhD Programme is to develop scholars whose research has implications beyond the academy, informing public policy, managerial practice, and societal debate. This aligns with the school’s aim to develop our students into “Early Makers” – researchers who contribute knowledge and practices to addresses important real-world problems. Our mission as a school is to do more than just train scholars rather we aim to transform.

A promising career

The doctoral program at emlyon business school aims to to train students to become independent researchers who produce world-class research following the completion of their PhD. Students in the PhD programme work closely with emlyon business school’s internationally renowned faculty who conduct cutting-edge research and publish in top academic journals in the fields of organization theory, strategy and entrepreneurship.



If you are talented, curious, and persistent, join us for an exciting and rewarding journey!
Application deadlines: April 30.
For more information, please contact Catherine PERRIER at